by Michael Johns
, Project Manager | July 07, 2006
As reported on www.medicalimagingmag.com.
Time is of the essence
Imaging professionals know better than anyone that time is of a premium. In an effort to make earning valuable continuing medical education (CME) and self-assessment module (SAM) credits as convenient as possible, the American College of Radiology (ACR) recently put an array of CME opportunities online with the launch of its new ACR Campus.
"The ACR is pleased to offer its members the opportunity to tailor their individual professional development needs and, at the same time, provide them with a unique and innovative online learning experience," said Lawrence P. Davis, MD, FACR, chair of the education commission for the ACR; vice chair and program director of the Department of Radiology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center; and professor of clinical radiology and clinical nuclear medicine for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. "Also, upon completion of an online course, a purchaser can immediately print out a CME certificate for the course."
Lectures in a Virtual Hall
No education would be complete without an informative lecture--or several. Conducted in a Virtual Lecture Hall, both anatomically based and modality-based topics are addressed by some of radiology's best-known experts.
"For each talk, the lecturer will emphasize the triangulation approach to diagnosis, based on an in-depth review of differential diagnoses, patient history, and a review of the images," Davis said. In addition, the ACR Campus is now offering the first installment of a three-lecture series. "Cardiac Lecture Series: Basic is designed to supplement institutions' current teaching curricula and provide the necessary tools for today's practicing radiologist. The program offers three critical modules comprising of instrumentation, pediatric cardiac imaging, and adult cardiac anatomy and physiology," Davis added.
The curriculum features key lectures in basic cardiac imaging covering plain film, CT, MRI, and nuclear medicine. Lectures can be purchased as an entire series, a package of select lectures, or individually.
It's been said that a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. The spirit behind that sentiment drives two of the interactive courses available through the site. Designed to appeal to a range of radiologists, from residency to retirement, "Doctor Challenger" is a case-based educational opportunity in which radiologists can attempt to best their online "opponent" providing the proper diagnoses of challenging radiologic studies. The current module focuses on chest radiology.